No. 20 Kansas Heads South to Face Baylor
Nov. 1, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. - After taking the first match of the season series, the 20th-ranked Kansas volleyball team will look to sweep Baylor for the first time since the 2003 season when the Jayhawks and Bears square off Saturday at 7 p.m. inside the Ferrell Center.
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AT A GLANCE
-At 13-0, Kansas is the only team in the Big 12 undefeated at home in 2012. By defeating West Virginia on Monday, the Jayhawks tied the program record for most home wins in a season (1978, 1991).
-In their last time out, senior middle blocker Tayler Tolefree became the first Jayhawk - and third Big 12 player - to hit 1.000 (10K-0E-10TA) for a match.
-Against the Mountaineers, Kansas hit for a .418 attack percentage as a team, marking its best team efficiency effort since hitting .423 at Texas Tech on Oct. 30, 2010.
-KU is in the top-20 for the second-straight week on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches. Four Big 12 members hold spots in the nation's top-25: No. 7 Texas, No. 16 Kansas State, No. 20 Kansas and No. 21 Iowa State.
-The Jayhawks are at No. 10 on the NCAA RPI projections this week, putting KU in the RPI's top-10 three of five weekly projections. In 2012, Kansas is 5-4 against top-50 RPI teams and 12-4 against the top-100 with the Jayhawks' only losses coming at Arkansas (No. 23), at Notre Dame (No. 34), at Texas (No. 4) and at Iowa State (No. 28).
-Kansas (20-4, .833) is on pace to break program record for winning percentage. The 1986 team currently holds KU's best (26-9, .743).
-If the season ended today, redshirt junior middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc would break KU's career (.326) and single-season attack percentage (.394) records. Fellow junior Brianne Riley would break the single-season digs per set record, as well (5.18).
-For the first time in 2012, Riley (5.18) is not the Big 12's digs per set leader, dropping barely below ISU's Kristen Hahn (5.19). Junior setter Erin McNorton continues to lead the league in assists per set (11.92, 6th NCAA) Jarmoc (.396, 18th NCAA) sits atop the Big 12 in attack percentage. She's led all but four days this season.
NO. 20 KANSAS (20-4, 8-2 Big 12)
In their last outing, KU shook off a night of sporadic efficiency in a loss at Iowa State and came back with 41 kills and only eight errors to sweep West Virginia and accumulate its best attack percentage in two years (.418). Back on a winning track, the Jayhawks will now face a Baylor squad that fought off an 0-2 deficit in Lawrence and rallied to force a fifth set before the Jayhawks shut the door for a 3-2 win. At home, the Bears are 7-2 this season and have won four of the last five meetings against the Jayhawks in Waco.
KU's .418 mark is the fourth-best in the Big 12 this year, while the Jayhawks are third in the league overall in hitting percentage (.242, 55th NCAA). The Jayhawks rank first in kills per set (14.28, 23rd NCAA) and assists (13.38, 19th NCAA), and are second in blocks (2.74, 22nd NCAA) and digs (15.88, T-89th). KU averages two kills per set more than its opponents and nearly a full block per frame more than its counterparts.
Redshirt middle blocker Caroline Jarmoc (3.59) and sophomore outside hitter Sara McClinton (3.32) join the powerhouse combo from Texas in Haley Eckerman and Bailey Webster as the only duos in the Big 12 to average more than three kills per set. Additionally, Jarmoc leads the KU defense with 1.38 blocks per set and the conference in attack percentage (.394).
Behind them, junior libero Brianne Riley's 466 digs in 2012 rank fifth all-time in a single-season at Kansas. With seven regular-season matches remaining she needs just 107 digs to break KU's all-time digs record (1,457) as a junior and 84 more to clip the single season record (549).
In conference play, Jarmoc (3.20), McClinton (3.13) and redshirt junior outside hitter Catherine Carmichael (3.08) rank fifth, sixth and eighth in the Big 12, respectively, in kills per set. No other league school has three players in the top-10.
BAYLOR (16-9, 3-7 Big 12)
A NCAA Tournament team in 2011, Baylor lost middle blocker Brianna Tolbert from last year's team but returns several experienced players to construct a team built of veterans and rookies in 2012.
Senior right side Alyssa Dibbern leads the team with 2.96 kills per set, while freshman outside hitter Laura Jones and senior Torri Campbell are right behind her with a 2.32 kps average. Sophomore middle hitter Adri Nora leads the team in attack percentage at .298, Senior setter Kate Harris is back to direct the offense, averaging 10.43 assists per set and rookie Mackenzie Mayo is the starting libero with 2.89 digs per set.
As a team, BU is hitting for a .210 attack percentage with 12.85 kills per set. Defensively, the Bears dig at a 14.67 per set rate and block at a 2.37 average.
HEAD COACH Ray Bechard
On the Bears rallying from an 0-2 deficit in the first meeting to force a fifth set:
On getting big production out of the middles to help in RS Jr. OH Catherine Carmichael's absence against West Virginia:
On Tayler Tolefree's accomplishment of hitting 1.000 in her last time out: